Norway plans to sign a deal to buy four submarines from ThyssenKrupp in 2019, Norwegian defence minister Marie Eriksen Soreide said on Tuesday during a visit with her German counterpart to a German marine base.
German media has reported the four submarines will cost 4.3 billion euros ($5.06 billion).
The purchase of the ships is part of a cooperation agreement between the two countries, under which Germany`s armed forces will buy two identical submarines from Germany`s ThyssenKrupp and missiles from Norway`s Kongsberg.
"We want to sign the deal in 2019 and get the first submarines in the mid-2020s," Eriksen Soreide said.($1 = 0.8498 euros)